Wednesday November 30th, 2016
Forum on Development and Low Carbon Economy identifies sectors that are indispensable for the Brazilian transition into a green economy
Brazil needs to expand investments in innovation and technology in order to become more efficient and productive in the rational use of natural resources, which is a key point in the country’s transition into a low-impact emissions economy. This was the key point of the Forum on Development and Low Carbon Economy, organized by Instituto Escolhas, a Clima e Sociedade grantee, in partnership with Insper and Folha de São Paulo on Wednesday, November 23. During the event, low carbon economy issues were the focus of the debates.
“It was very important to see the auditorium with about 400 people, full of “heavyweights” of the economy, discussing this matter. Low carbon issues come into perspective in any economic reform” said Ana Toni.
In this context, she said, it is important to think about how to organize Brazil, a country that is going through a serious crisis and recession, at the same time that the low carbon guidelines are incorporated into national structures that are in the process of reformulation. The agenda, therefore, is no longer in a contest against the economy; instead it must engage with the economy to find financial and climate solutions.
In a scenario of uninterrupted increase in the demand for material goods and basic supplies, such as food and energy, Brazil’s path must necessarily go through an increase in productivity. Areas such as energy, agribusiness, biomaterials and reforestation are key in the transition into a low carbon economy.
Ana Toni, director of Instituto Clima e Sociedade
Ricardo Abramovay, full professor – FEA-USP
Bernard Appy, director of the Center for Fiscal Citizenship
José Roberto Mendonça de Barros, founder of MB Associados
Hector Gomez, manager of the International Finance Corporation
Ricardo Sennes, economist – Consultoria Prospectiva
José Augusto Coelho Fernandes, director of the National Industry Confederation – CNI
Marcos Jank, global director of BRF
Sergio Leitão, director of Instituto Escolhas
Luiz Barroso, president of Empresa de Pesquisa Energética
Celina Carpi, chairwoman of the Board of Instituto Ethos
Jorge Arbache, secretary of the Ministry of Planning
Marcos Lisboa, president of Insper
Carlos Nobre, member of the Brazilian Academy of Science